The Silence of the Lambs. Disturbing, intriguing, brilliant. Greatest closing movie line: I’m having an old friend for dinner. Recommended? Definitely, especially a must-see for the horror audience.
Moulin Rouge! At times confusing, hectic and overly artistic, but a good story and all around entertaining. Worthwhile for the music especially. Recommended? Only if you don’t mind musical cheesiness and pure expressionism.
Rent. A bit slow because of all the songs, but heartfelt and touching. Brilliant soundtrack and memorable characters make this film what it is. Recommended? Yes, but only for the musical audiences who won’t complain about too many songs. A must-see for anyone pursuing a career in the arts.
Black Swan. Psychological, disturbing, and a bit hectic at times. Great story and technical elements with an ending disturbingly relatable to anyone obsessed with perfection. Recommended? Not for the faint or innocent of heart.
The African Queen. Fun and somewhat clever, but climaxes at the beginning, slows down and doesn’t quite pick up again. Recommended? Not for everyone, or most at that, unless you crave an overrated classic.
Bridesmaids. Very funny, decent acting, but that was about it. The opening alone was unnecessarily trashy, as well as many pointless characters. Recommended? Only for a good laugh, not to be taken seriously.
Fight Club. A bit confusing, but surprisingly intriguing and very clever and concise storyline. Surely an ending unpredictable, at least to some extent. Recommended? A definite must-see, possibly more than once.
The Hangover. Funny, crude, and surprisingly suspenseful. Haven’t seen a comedy with this much mystery in a while, and Zach Galafinakis (if I spelled it right) was very entertaining. Recommended? Yes, but to be seen alone or with friends, not family.
How to Train Your Dragon. Fun, inspiring, heartwarming. Minor Hollywood typicalities, but overall well-made and meaningful. Recommended? Definitely great for the whole family.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Somewhat funny, but very slow. A lot of unnecessary and time consuming content and outdated foreign humor (unless you are familiar with British comedy). Recommended? Not unless you crave stupidity and escapism.
Run Lola Run. Mysterious, action packed, thought-provoking. A bit repetitive, but the fascinating premise makes up for it. Recommended? Only if you know German, French, or don’t mind subtitles.
127 Hours. Gruesome, emotional, inspiring. Much more exciting than one may think. A good length as well. Recommended? A definite must see, if you can stand James Franco’s desperate and disgusting measures.
Gone With the Wind. Tragic, enchanting and above all lengthy (almost 4 hours!). Characters are emotionally gripping, but suspense and excitement only kicks in at the last 90 mins. Recommended? A bucket list item, but take a break every half hour.
Inglourious Basterds. Gory, disturbing, but brilliant nonetheless. Three most noteworthy aspects: acting, direction & screenplay. Recommended? Only for those who can stomach blatant genocide and graphic killing.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Suspenseful, dramatic, but a bit slow. Tennessee Williams is a master with words, but leaves little action in this film for an audience to feast their eyes upon. Recommended? As a background film, not one to commit time to sitting and watching.
Tangled. Fun, humorous, clever. Not as enjoyable as the classic Disney films, but despite minor flaws, overall enjoyable. Recommended? For the Disney-obsessed child in all of us.
Country Strong. Tragic, a bit slow, but very heartfelt. Great soundtrack and acting, but somewhat predictable as well. Recommended? Not for the country music haters, but a definite yes for everyone else.
Batman Begins. A bit slow at first, but overall concise, feasible and entertaining. Special acknowledgement for visual effects and fight choreography. Recommended? Definitely worthwhile.
Airplane! Funny, spontaneous, unpredictable. Though the comic effects are outdated and may seem “fake”, the intended outcome prevails. Recommended? If you liked Scary Movie, you’ll love this. If not, you may still like it.
Taken. Brutal, suspenseful, action packed. Short film, but edge of your seat thrills throughout the majority of the film. Recommended? For a definite thrill.